Ea­gles fall to un­de­feated Saints

Fresh­man Hassler goes 2 for 3, scores twice

Dorchester Star - - Sports - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

St. Michaels 8 N. Dorch­ester 2 ST. MICHAELS — The St. Michaels soft­ball team con­tin­ued its roll through the Bay­side Con­fer­ence on Fri­day with an 8-2 vic­tory over North Dorch­ester to im­prove to 13-0 on the sea­son and 6-0 in the North Bay­side.

Ju­nior pitcher An­gel­ica Sichette and se­nior catcher Melissa Richard­son led the Saints in the field and at the plate against the Ea­gles. Sichette fired six in­nings, struck out three, scat­tered four hits, and gave up two un­earned runs.

Richard­son went 2 for 4 with a 2-run triple and got a key 2-out hit in the first in­ning that led to the Saints’ first run when they had trailed 1-0.

“An­gel­ica and Melissa have done and out­stand­ing job for us all sea­son,” said St. Michaels head coach Dave Fisher. “An­gel­ica has been work­ing re­ally hard on her pitches and keep­ing us in games. She re­ally digs in, goes one pitch at a time and con­trols the game ver y well.

“We know ev­ery­one is go­ing to hit in the Bay­side,” he added. “We’ve worked on know­ing your de­fense is be­hind you and hav­ing the con­fi­dence to throw your pitch. Melissa is call­ing the pitches from be­hind the plate, and An­gel­ica trusts her to throw those pitches. I’m re­ally proud of the ef­fort. This was a great team win.”

North Dorch­ester (3-11, 1-5) got on the board in the top of the first in­ning. Lead­off hit­ter Keirstyn Hassler (2 for 3, 2 runs) sin­gled to right. Her ag­gres­sive base run­ning led to a throw­ing er­ror and she reached third. She then scored on a dou­ble steal.

Ea­gle pitcher Brooke Mor­ton re­tired the first two Saints and got a two-strike count on Richard­son, but the se­nior con­nected with a sin­gle to right. Richard­son then stole sec­ond and moved to third on a passed ball. She tied the game at 1-1, scor­ing on a wild pitch.

Sichette set­tled in, al­low­ing 3 hits over the next 5 in­nings and not walk­ing a bat­ter. North Dorch­ester did hit sev­eral balls hard dur­ing the stretch, but in­field­ers McKenna Brown­ing, Chase Brown­ing, Layla Berry and Sa­van­nah Ste­wart all made key plays to take hits away from the Ea­gles.

In the bot­tom of the third, Sam Romberger used her speed to beat out an in­field hit. A bunt by Berry sac­ri­ficed Romberger to sec­ond, but the speedy lead­off hit­ter kept go­ing and ad­vanced to third. Her ag­gres­sive base run­ning gave the Saints a 2-1 lead when she scored on a passed ball.

Sichette helped her­self by blast­ing a dou­ble off the left-field fence. She scored to make it 3-1 on a dou­ble by Chase Brown­ing. An­other passed ball scored Brown­ing to in­crease the St. Michaels lead to 4-1 in the in­ning.

Mor­ton kept the Ea­gles close all game, though, al­low­ing 6 hits in a com­plete-game ef­fort. All of Mor­ton’s runs were un­earned.

“Brooke has been the work­horse for the ma­jor­ity part of this year, and she has pitched re­ally well,” said North Dorch­ester head coach Carol Hub­bard. “To­day, she threw a re­ally good game. She gave us a chance to win. If we can elim­i­nate some mis­takes here and there be­hind Brooke, it is a dif­fer­ent ball game.”

In the sixth, the Ea­gles threat­ened with Keirstyn Hassler lead­ing off with a sin­gle and then steal­ing sec­ond. Mor­ton ripped a liner to third, but the quick hands by McKenna Brown­ing caught the ball for the first out.

Brooke Abey then ripped a pitch to sec­ond. A high throw al­lowed her to reach first, and Keirstyn Hassler raced home to make it 4-2. Abey sprinted to sec­ond when the ball was thrown home, but Richard­son fired a strike to Chase Brown­ing to get the out at sec­ond. Sichette ended the threat by in­duc­ing a grounder for the third out.

Hub­bard praised fresh­man Keirstyn Hassler for her ag­gres­sive play

“Keirstyn cre­ates a lot of headaches for other teams,” she said. “She is very ag­gres­sive on the bases. She forces other teams to make mis­takes. Both our runs to­day came from her.

“She is a great hit­ter,” she added. “She does an out­stand­ing job in the field. Keirstyn can play in­field and out­field. To­day, she played sec­ond and short. In the first in­ning, she saved two runs with a play sec­ond.”

The Saints added four runs in the sixth with Ste­wart and Al­li­son Clem scor­ing on er­rors and Richard­son rip­ping a 2-run triple to right to make it 8-2.

McKenna Brown­ing took over in the sev­enth to fin­ish, record­ing a 1-2-3 in­ning with two strike­outs.


North Dorch­ester’s Keirstyn Hassler fires to first for an out against St. Michaels Fri­day, April 29.

North Dorch­ester’s Maddi Nos­sick fires to first for an out against St. Michaels Fri­day, April 29.

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